Getting it right for every child
Getting it Right for Every Child (also known as “Getting it right” or GIRFEC) is a national approach to supporting and working with all children and young people in Scotland.
Getting it Right places children’s and young people’s needs first, ensures that they are listened to and understand decisions which affect them and that they get more co-ordinated help where this is required for their well-being, health and development.
It requires that all services for children and young people -, Health, Education, Police, Social Work, Housing and voluntary organisations - adapt and streamline their systems and practices to improve how they work together to support children and young people.
The approach helps those facing the greatest social or health inequalities. It also encourages earlier intervention by professionals to avoid crisis situations at a later date so that children and young people get the help they need when they need it.
Key Principles of Getting it Right
- Children, young people, and their carers get the help they need when they need it and are central to the process of finding solutions.
- Everyone working with children and young people uses one consistent and equitable approach, actively shares information to agreed protocols and works more effectively together to improve outcomes for children and young people.
- Services delivered most locally and speedily.
- Families experience continuity of relationship through key workers.
- Services joined, before or at point of delivery, so that families and children experience one stop support.
- Integrated assessment/intervention built form components brought from each service.
- Developing teams (rather than simply networks).
- Shared language across agencies.
Here in Fife we want...
- Better outcomes for all children, using a child centred approach.
- A common, coordinated framework across all agencies that supports the delivery of appropriate, proportionate and timely help to all children as they need it.
- Streamlined systems and processes, efficient and effective delivery of services focussed on the needs of the child.
- A common understanding and shared language across all agencies.
- Changes in culture, systems and practice across services for children.
Fife Aims and Rationale
- To develop a managed system across services for children where there is collective accountability for agreed, valued outcomes.
- To apply an organisiational development approach across children’s service.
- To make a difference to a child’s life chances on key indicators of risk and well being.
- Developing teams (rather than simply networks).
- Agree collectively when, what and how support is provided (and withdrawn).
The Getting it Right concept of wellbeing is translated into eight wellbeing indicators. Promoting the wellbeing of children will help all children to be Confident Individuals, Effective Contributors, Successful Learners and Responsible Citizens.
The framework (see diagram), based on the eight outcomes agreed by the Scottish Government, is also known as the SHANARRI framework and has been adopted by all Children’s Services in Fife.
Protected from abuse, neglect or harm at home, at school and in the community.
Having the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, access to suitable healthcare, and support in learning to make healthy and safe choices.
Being supported and guided in their learning and in the development of their skills, confidence and self-esteem at home, at school, and in the community.
Having a nurturing place to live, in a family setting with additional help if needed or, where this is not possible, in a suitable care setting.
Having opportunities to take part in activities such as play, recreation and sport which contribute to healthy growth and development, both at home and in the community.
Having the opportunity, along with carers, to be heard and involved in decisions which affect them.
Having opportunities and encouragement to play active and responsible roles in their schools and communities and where necessary, having appropriate guidance and supervision and being
involved in decisions
that affect them.
Having help to overcome social, educational, physical and economic inequalities and being accepted as part of the community in which they live and learn.
Use of the wellbeing indicators across agencies will lead to shared language being used across agencies to record concerns and plan action.
Assessment and Planning
Fife Is committed to developing an Integrated Assessment Framework. The Framework will be
- Based on informed consent, share information across agencies.
- Build integrated support planning collectively from components required from each agency.
- Built on generic wellbeing indicators, with reference to the National Practice Model.
This should minimise the number of planning meetings, minimise number of agencies attending and lead to the use of a shared Multi Agency Childs Plan where appropriate.